Why The Left Must Politicize Tragedy

It's Control Of Your Money - And Your Life - They're After Even the old black-and-white movie thieves had the decency to issue this harsh demand to their victims: "Your money, or your life." Today, it's worse. The left-wing thieves currently holding up America want both.

For the past century, the lefties (fill in your preferred label: statists, progressives, socialists, liberals... they are all shoes that fit) have slowly been moving America away from free-market liberty and toward nanny-state authoritarianism. When you realize this, you see that politics, culture, economics, and information are all interlocked pillars of their agenda. I mean, really, how do you wrest control from an individual of her own life when once she's realized it? You have to make her believe your control over her is actually better than her own control of her destiny. You need bogeymen and bad guys. As former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel famously let slip, "you never want to let a crisis go to waste."

So the nearly-immediate spinning of the tragic shooting in Arizona this past weekend was inevitable. The statist machine, using each of its pillars of politics, culture, economics and media, need you to believe that the senseless act was actually a deliberate attack on America. By whom? Why, by their foes on the right, of course.

His fans in the media have been implying for months that Barack Obama needed "an Oklahoma City" - some catastrophically evil event that could be blamed on some allegedly-right-wing kook - some new crazy person to be the next Tim McVeigh. Saturday, when just such a kook gunned down a U.S. congresswoman, a federal judge, and several others in Tucson, they found just that. And the fact that the 22-year-old disturbed perpetrator could just as well be described as a left-wing nut job as he could a right-winger (and, indeed, given the apolitical writings he left behind, could equally be described as a Martian) is an inconvenient fact the left-wing media chooses not to mention.

Instead, within hours of the shooting, I heard talking heads on liberal "news" networks saying it was probably the right's "hate speech" (meaning, anything publicly uttered which could be construed as disagreement with liberalism) that motivated this shooter. "Back in the 1960s and 1970s, sure, most of the violent stuff came from the Left... but now it's coming from the Right!" they howled. Paul Krugman, a noted liberal "economist," went so far as to proclaim that, while no proof existed of it, the whole tragic affair was probably the result of conservative rhetoric (he did so in no less prominent a forum than the New York Times' web site, and within two hours of the shooting).

Again, these folks are unencumbered by the need for factual accuracy. Nowhere did the shooter leave writings of a right-wing political nature. He did not mention any of a variety of people or news outlets who were assigned culpability for his actions by the liberal mainstream media. In fact, he even mentioned a fondness for the Communist Manifesto (bet you didn't hear that on the liberal news!).

Here's their point: they need you to hate conservativism, fear those who would speak out against them, and blame such villified targets as George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News for everything that ever goes wrong. In short, they need you to be a victim. Victims are easy to control, and can easily be convinced to give up their ability to make a good living in exchange for a poor living granted them by the beneficence of the government.

You must fight this. Be an entrepreneur, if only in spirit. Get wise about the global conspiracy against wealth... start your own business on the internet... take personal responsibility for your own health. The less you rely on the government, the more capacity you'll build within yourself, and the richer your life will be.

The most despicable thing that happened last weekend was the mass shooting in Arizona. The second most despicable thing was the left-wing media's abandonment of all objectivity in an attempt to baselessly blame the shooting on conservativism, for their own selfish purposes.


Michael Hume is a speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in helping people maximize their potential and enjoy inspiring lives. As Founding Consultant of Agents of Personal Change (APC), LLC, he coaches executives and leaders in growing their personal sense of well-being through wealth creation and management, along with personal vitality. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to make money "one less thing to worry about" can learn more about working with Michael...

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